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TWIN LT4 V8-POWERED ‘SUPERSUPER CAR’: A 1,300 HP MID-ENGINED C5 CORVETTE MONSTER

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GT-SSC Gordon Tronson SEMA Show 2021 SuperSuper Car C5 Corvette LT4
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Over my 12 years as an auto media Jedi Knight, I’ve seen a lot. And most of that comes with going to the SEMA Show. Just this past week, I’ve seen Tesla-swapped Chevy trucks, Chevy-swapped Teslas, pocket rocket pickup trucks, and even a V8-powered Ford Bronco race truck. But just when I’ve had my fill, along comes this thing sitting outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. And it’s… really something. Called the GT-SSC or “SuperSuper Car,” this mid-engined C5 Corvette-based beast features not one, but two LT4 V8 crate engines. The kinds we see in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, C7 Corvette Z06 and the new Chevy Beast Concept. Total displacement? 12.4-liters of fury.

GT-SSC Gordon Tronson SEMA 2021 C5 Corvette LT4 SuperSuperCar
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GT-SSC SuperSuper Car: A Twin LT4 Mid-Engine Corvette

The GT-SSC SuperSuper Car is a concoction created by hot-rodder Gordon Tronson, who is known for building twin-engined vehicles. But before the 2021 SEMA Show, this machine has been having its own road show across the country, previously being in attendance at none other than the 2021 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance (though we think Woodward Dream Cruise might have been the better fit).

Total output of the mid-engined C5 Corvette-based SuperSuper car is 1,300 horsepower and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. It measures over 16 feet long, is over seven feet wide, and somehow weighs just 3,200 pounds. And like any two-headed monster, these twin LT4 engines require a bit of harmony to work together. Each engine comes with its own ECU, which work together to feed power to a single GM 4L60E automatic transmission. Getting each brain to work in tandem was Hot Wire Auto, which specializes in control units and wiring harnesses for totally custom hot rods.

Overall, its one of the wildest and most striking vehicles in attendance at the 2021 SEMA Show, emitting big, big Vector W12 vibes from its massive side vents. Hopefully we hear this thing fire up in person some day.

Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
GT-SSC Gordon Tronson SEMA Show 2021 SuperSuper Car C5 Corvette LT4
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
GT-SSC Gordon Tronson SEMA Show 2021 SuperSuper Car C5 Corvette LT4
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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